Why ‘The Magic Flute’ Is A Must See Performance
The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is back with a vengeance this year, celebrating the creativity behind the stage and the vocal talents of a seriously phenomenal cast. The libretto was first put to stage in 1791 and over time has developed into an incredibly impressive culmination of colour, sound and costumes, the sensations of which are only heightened by one of the most famous arias in the world by one of the characters known as The Queen of the Night… You’ll know this one.
Opera Australia’s costume designer and team have truly excelled with this production, made obvious by the extravagant level they took the ancient Japenese-Egytpian-inspired costumes of the likes of The Queen of the Night, Papageno and Sarastro to. Coupled with the largely interactive and versatile stage props, cast of uncountable black-enshrouded backstage aids and impressive puppetry, the Magic Flute doesn’t leave you wanting.
In a nutshell, the story explores the tale of a prince who falls in love with a dark queen’s daughter, who’s forced into the mission of murdering the priest of the sun so she can overtake the world. As with all good opera performances, good triumphs over evil (though not always) and the ending is quite child-friendly and digestible. OA has adapted the stageplay for the Australian audience brilliantly.
Unless you’ve seen all the instalments of Cirque du Soleil and are addicted to the wild and wonderful imagination of puppeteers, what The Magic Flute has on offer is cause for appreciative reevaluation. Two-dimensional bears, giant wooden flying condors, butterflies, birds and a giant serpent are just some of the additional creations of the set design team to truly carry you away into a world other than reality. These fictional creatures, that are all effortlessly controlled on stage by secret black painted puppeteers, tie-in perfectly with the magical and mystical nature of the influence of all the masonic Japanese-Egyptian set design to create a fantastical microcosm on stage.
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